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Delhi LG for President’t rule, Union Cabinet meeting to discuss report

New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) : The Union Cabinet is scheduled to meet at 7pm, possibly to discuss the report of Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on the state Assembly.

The Lt Governor is understood to have suggested the imposition of President’s rule by keeping the legislature under suspended animation, rather than dissolving the assembly as recommended by the outgoing government of Arvind Kejriwal.

In a report to the Centre, Jung did not favour dissolution of the 70-member Delhi Assembly as recommended by the council of ministers headed by Kejriwal when it met on Friday night and decided to quit.

The LG's move keeps the option open for any political party or a combination of parties to try and form a government in future.

Sources said Jung has conveyed to the Centre that the national capital be brought under a spell of President's rule as no party is now in a position to form an alternative government.

The Centre will take the final call on the LG's recommendation, the sources said.

Home Ministry officials said they would take the opinion of the Law Ministry and place all the facts before the Union Cabinet for the final decision.

The Assembly elections late last year had given a split verdict with no political party getting absolute majority. The Aam Aadmi Party led by Kejriwal formed the government in December with Congress support.

The AAP government resigned on Friday after it suffered a defeat on the Janlokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly and recommended for fresh election by dissolving the House.

The LG has also sent, along with his report, the resignation letter of Arvind Kejriwal. The letter would be forwarded to the President for its acceptance.

Officials said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is away in Maharashtra, has been briefed about the LG's report.


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